35-year-old man faces charges after racking up $16,000 with stolen credit card – 100 Mile House Free Press

A man who allegedly amassed $16,000 last summer using a stolen credit card faces multiple charges.

100 Mile RCMP say a Langley business informed them in August 2021 of the fraudulent use of a stolen credit card at an Interlakes Canco bar and gas store. A clerk observed a 35-year-old man attempting to purchase a large amount of prepaid credit cards with a corporate credit card. The clerk refused the transaction and the man left.

The next day, while police were at Canco to retrieve CCTV footage, the man returned and was arrested, Staff Sgt. Svend Nielsen said in a press release. The stolen credit card and a large quantity of prepaid master cards were found in his possession.

The man was released on a promise of a later court date, but that process was halted due to the nature of the lengthy investigation.

The file was then forwarded to a local agent to complete the investigation, which revealed that the man allegedly used the stolen card in multiple jurisdictions including Langley, Surrey, Williams Lake, Smithers, Mackenzie and Dawson Creek, totaling over $16,000.

“The local agent thoroughly reviewed the information collected and was able to retrieve video and evidence linking the suspect to various fraudulent activities while working with numerous police departments across the province,” Nielsen said.

The case has since been sent to the Crown prosecutor, seeking approval for 18 counts of using a stolen credit card and one count of fraud over $5,000. As the charges have not yet been approved, the man’s name cannot be released at this time.

“The 100 Mile House RCMP want to remind the public of one simple rule: if it’s suspicious to you, it’s suspicious to us,” Nielsen said. “Events like this, where company cards are used to purchase items that the card clearly states cannot be used for those purchases, should be questioned by people dealing with these people. and transactions should be halted if safe to do so.

“In this case, the employee acknowledged something was wrong and prevented the action from happening, then contacted the owner. We appreciate the employee’s actions in this case, and recognize that as well.

The investigation is ongoing.

Mailbox burglary

100 Mile RCMP are investigating a break and enter into mailboxes along Mercer Rd near Horse Lake Rd.

Staff Sgt. Svend Nielsen said larger parcel-sized boxes and some of the normal letterboxes were broken into on Thursday February 24, causing damage to some doors. Patrols were carried out in the area but found no further damage or theft.

A witness told police they saw a dark-colored sedan, possibly a Lexus, with a man and woman inside near the spot. The female may have been wearing a white jacket.

“It is not known if these individuals were involved in the burglary. However, it would be helpful for the police if these individuals come forward and identify themselves to provide information regarding this event,” Nielsen said in a press release.

Police conducted neighborhood checks in the morning, but no one reported seeing anything suspicious, Nielsen said. Canada Post has been notified of the damage to the boxes and will contact the tenants directly.

Anyone with information is asked to call 100 Mile House RCMP at 250-395-2456 to speak with an officer or BC Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Please refer to file 2022-535.

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